Dealer buys marina, another closes its doors

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A boat dealer in Moravia, Iowa, purchased the assets of Rathbun Marina, including two boating locations on Rathbun Lake and the Lakeside Inn.

Douglas and Sheila Clemens, who operate Your Boat Works, plan to move their business onto the Rathbun Marina property at Buck Creek early next year. The business sells Starcraft boats, according to the Des Moines Register.

The move will mark the first time since the lake opened in 1971 that there has a boat dealer on the lake, Douglas Clemens told the newspaper.

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Dawson Marine, in Texas, is expected to close its doors permanently, employees at the Jasper and Beaumont stores told local media.

"We were told that today's our last day," a Beaumont employee told the Beaumont Enterprise. "Thanksgiving's looking really grim."

Dawson Marine sells and repairs boats and accessories. The business has locations in Beaumont, Jasper and Houston.

No one could be reached for comment this morning.

According to the dealership's Web site, the business opened in 1995. Dawson Marine is a dealer for Skeeter, G3, Sea Hunt, Regal, Frontier, Blackjack, Alweld, Yamaha and Volvo Penta.

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